As per ESPN, Tottenham Hotspur and manager Antonio Conte have set their sights on a playmaker as a big development emerges on Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard.
The Lowdown: Spurs missing Eriksen…
Since the departure of former star Christian Eriksen in January 2020, it is arguable that Tottenham have sorely missed his influence as a playmaker/number ten.
Over his many years in north London, the 29-year-old mostly averaged more than ten assists-per-season whilst also completing at least 2.1 key passes per 90 every year in the Premier League bar his final 2019/2020 campaign at the club (WhoScored).
His departure to Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan has seen Spurs miss out on a real outlet for creativity in midfield and it is surprising that the club aren’t linked to more attacking midfielders who can replace him – with the only real recent one being Dejan Kulusevski.
Should Spurs sign Lingard?
Yes, absolute no brainer!
Now, amid a major contract development, it appears Tottenham have one in mind.
The Latest: Spurs join Lingard race…
As per ESPN, sharing a big update out of Old Trafford, the 28-year-old has now decided to ‘shelve’ contract talks after a continued lack of game time and has ‘no plans’ to re-start discussions.
Lingard could now ‘ask for a loan move’ in January with the view to a permanent transfer as Tottenham join the hunt.
Indeed, the Lilywhites are now one of many clubs who could take advantage of the attacker’s situation alongside Barcelona, AC Milan, Newcastle United, West Ham and Everton.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Signing Lingard on loan with a potential obligation to buy could be a stroke of genius by managing director Fabio Paratici.
Lauded as ‘absolutely phenomenal’ and the best Premier League player on current form at one point back in April (Adrian Durham, talkSPORT), the England international even played his way back into contention for Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 plans.
While he didn’t end up making the final squad, his brilliant haul of nine goals and four assists in 16 Premier League starts on loan at West Ham last year highlight his magnificent resurgence after being left out in the cold at United.
Some reports even suggest he could leave Old Trafford permanently for as little as £10 million given the Red Devils may be forced to sell for a really cheap fee and make some cash while they still can.
Bearing claims like this in mind, it may be time for Tottenham to swoop in and take full advantage.
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